Modesty, Shmodesty! As Long As You Look Good!

In this week’s Torah portion, our matriarch, Sarah, is described as beautiful, as other great women in the Torah in numerous places. So clearly, beauty is considered a quality, and yet, we know that modesty is also considered of great value in Judaism. So this week we will talk a little about modesty. He has told you, O man, what is good! What does God require of you; but to do ...

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For the Love of the Land

This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, begins with the first commandment G-d ever gave to the first Jew in history which was to go to the Land of Israel.  G-d spoke to Abraham, and said: Go, from your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation; I will bless you, and make your name ...

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Reward and Punishment

God rewards those who fulfill His commandments and punishes those who transgress them.  The ultimate reward is the World to Come, and the ultimate punishment is excision of the soul [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][the soul is cut off from any connection to the spiritual existence of the World to Come.]107  ...

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Simchat Torah

Originally, different customs existed regarding the reading of the Torah on Shabbat.  In Israel, the Torah was read in a three-year cycle, while in Babylon the custom was a yearly cycle.  Eventually, the Babylonian custom became universally accepted, and to this day Jews throughout the world publicly read the entire Five Books of Moses in the course of every year.  The reading of the Torah is both completed and begun ...

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Booths and Clouds

The most distinctive feature of the festival of Sukkot, and the mitzvah from which it derives its name, is the Sukkah, the “booth.” The Torah writes, You shall dwell in booths for a seven-day period; everyone included in Israel shall dwell in booths: So that your future generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them from the land of Egypt; I ...

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